Celebrities shared their personal stories about the legendary singer and paid touching tributes in song to the beloved star.
The nearly three-hour memorial featured former First Lady Laura Bush, Randy Travis, Brad Paisley, Kid Rock, Vince Gill, and many more.
Country stars touched on George Jones’ mark on country music that will never be forgotten.
Randy Travis, who was anointed a traditional country voice by Jones, sang “Amazing Grace,” a song Jones had once put his own personal stamp upon.
“When I heard him do this song, it literally gave me chills,” Travis said.
Brad Paisley remembered Jones letting put his first horse on the Jones family farm, before singing “Me & Jesus.”
Kid Rock asked George’s widow Nancy Jones to imagine Jones was actually singing as he performed “Best of Me,” before checking himself to the delight of the crowd.
“I know that’s a huge (leap of) imagination,” Kid Rock said. “Unshaven, long-haired confused country hip-hop rock `n’ roller trying to sing George Jones.”
This beautiful song has to be included and goes out to my grandparents, Tippie Sullins and the late R.D. Sullins, that introduced me to the beautiful music of Conway Twitty and George Jones as a child.
George Jones may have been a little rough around the edges, but the God-fearing singer often sang about his regrets and faith. You can see more here.
Charlie Daniels summed George Jones up the best, stating, “He sang for us all, the non-stop partiers, the guys who are alone and the girl done wrong, the puppy lovers, the extrovert, the introvert and the guy at the end of the bar who never seems to go home…George had a song for everybody.”
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